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Thrall
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Totally loving James Bridle’s unfolding series of excellently-titled posts about the future:

The last one is my favorite (so far)—not because it describes my own experience (it doesn’t) or because I agree with it (I don’t quite), but because it’s a great example of someone thinking out loud—working something out in words. And also because it seems to evoke this great line of Lincoln’s, from his Second Inaugural:

As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.

Yeah, I think that’s actually what I like about Bridle’s post: it seems to be about thrall and how to get out of it. It’s a concept I am sometimes obsessed with and always sensitive to; there’s a lot of thrall out there and you have to be careful or it seeps into your clothes, your skin.

I think you can actually finish Lincoln’s line with a lot of different words—industry, company, family—and it stays true.

Anyway: Bridle has promised seven posts about the future, and we’re only on number three! Go check it out.

March 22, 2011 / Uncategorized

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That Lincoln line didn’t feel like it fit the 2nd inaugural—a speech I adore. It turns out it’s from Lincoln’s 2nd annual message to Congress. Just a footnote. The beauty and the intellectual plasticity of the line remains.

This is why I love Danny Bouk: intuitive ability to distinguish early and late Lincoln (down to the speech) by the feel of its style & tone alone.

Seriously—wow.

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